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Old 11-27-2012
Find and count unique date values in a file based on position


I need some sort of way to extract every date contained in a file, and count how many of those dates there are.

Here are the specifics:
  • The date format I'm looking for is mm/dd/yyyy
  • I only need to look after line 45 in the file (that's where the data begins)
  • The columns of data are seperated by indents/tabs, I need to look at the 4th column
I'll take any advice I can get, I just don't really even know where to begin aside using the cut or grep functions.

Your expertise is greatly appreciated, thanks in advance! Smilie

# 2  
Old 11-27-2012
Without any sample, try this (not tested):
awk -F'\t' -v patt='[0-9]{2}/[0-9]{2}/[0-9]{4}' '{
while(match($4,patt)) {
END{for(i in c) print "date " i " : " c[i] " times"}' file

# 3  
Old 11-27-2012
Here is one way:

cat file.txt
a b c 01/01/2012
d e f 12/31/1999
g h i 07/01/2011
j k l 01/01/2012

awk '{print $4}' file.txt | sort | uniq | wc -l

To start selecting fields at record 46, add condition (NR>45) to awk statement.
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